Champs grab 14-13 win
MILROY – It was late night baseball at the Pennsylvania Babe Ruth 14-year-old tournament at the Armagh Memorial Field as the fourth game of the day between Altoona (district 8) and Franklin Township (District 4, Lehighton) started late and didn’t make the deadline.
Perry County 16,
ChesCo Mustangs 7
MILROY – Perry County pounded out 14 hits in a 16-7 win over the District Two champions, ChesCo Mustangs.
Cody Smith led the way with three hits, while Darin Zeiders, Vinnie Keys, Koby Metz and Joey Wright each had two.
It marked the second straight win for Perry County as it beat Mifflin County, 14-1, in a District Seven game earlier this month.
Perry County used five pitchers and they combined for 10 strike outs and 12 walks.
ChesCo took an early lead, 3-0, in the top of the first inning, but it didn’t hold up as singles from Dane Groce, Joey Tuel and Connor Means help produce the three runs.
ChesCo allowed nine walks and committed four errors.
Ingomar-Franklin Township 4
MILROY – Levittown scored five runs early and then held on for an 8-4 win over Ingomar.
It was the first Babe Ruth tournament game for Ingomar, which is based out of the Pittsburgh area.
Ingomar (District 6) had four singles from Tyler Frank, Joe Fritsch, Nate Wisnewski and Jimmy Seskey.
Levittown (District 3) had five hits, all singles, but the difference was on defense as Ingomar committed five errors.
The Levittown singles came from Gary Morris, Zach DeMarches, Nick Price and Tyler Dyzell.
West End 14, Broomall-Newtown 13 (eight innings)
MILROY – For the second straight night, the defending state champions had to go extra-innings to win.
On Wednesday Mifflin County took West End into the eighth inning before falling, 2-1. Thursday, it was Broomall-Newtown that fell, 14-13. also in eigth innings.
Nate Webb drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. West End tied the game in the bottom of the seventh after trailing by as many as seven runs in the first inning.
Broomall-Newtown jumped out on top 7-0 as it had four hits in the first inning and the first seven men in the Broomall order scored.
West End finished with 10 hits and Webb had the big night with three.
Broomall-Newtown finished with 11 hits and Sean Dennell had three, while Ian Myers and Stephen Morrison each had doubles.
West End had five errors and Broomall-Newtown didn’t help their own cause by having 10 miscues.
ALTOONA – In the 13-year-old Pennsylvania tournament in a key game for Mifflin County, ChiChester beat Blue Valley, 11-7. Today Mifflin County plays Blue Valley (District 4) at 11 a.m. and then on Saturday it will take on ChiChester (District 2).
In another game Wednesday, Ingomar (District 6) downed Valley AA (District 3), 17-1 in four innings. In the final game of the night Broomall-Newtown (District 1) shutout the host team, Altoona, 11-0, in six innings.
On Wednesday, Broomall-Newtown (District 1) smashed Valley AA (District 3) 31-2 in a game that only went three innings.
HAZLETON – Tri-Township (District 3, Bucks County) won its first two games of the tournament as it beat Aston Valley (District 2), 11-5, on Wednesday and then came back and shutout Franklin Township (District 4), 5-0 on Thursday.
In another game on Thursday, Broomall-Newtown (District 1) whipped West End of Williamsport, 12-1. Valley, the host team, blanked Aston Valley, 15-0, in five innings.
West End topped Mifflin County 2-1 on Wednesday and Mifflin County will play Broomall-Newtown on Saturday at 11 a.m. Today Mifflin County takes on Franklin Township (District 4) at 11 a.m.